By Hayat Srour
When I think of eczema, I think about our skin, the protective shield, fighting itself. The irony in this statement must be addressed. More commonly people may think that eczema is just dry itchy skin but this skin disorder has a little more to it. This blog’s main goal is to present information on eczema.
Eczema is a medical condition that presents itself as red, itchy, rough, blistering skin. While the causes of eczema are unknown, the onset of this conditions can happen any time and affect anyone. It is also important to note there is a genetic component to the condition. For example it is understood that is someone in your family has Atopic dermatitis (a form of eczema)there is a 50% chance their children will have it (Click here for more info).
Eczema can come in two forms: atopic and contact dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis is the form that usually presents in infants (first six months) and has characteristic appearance areas. Contact dermatitis is the form that is acute and usually due to a substance irritant such as a chemical.
Eczema can appear episodically and have certain triggers, both internal and external. External triggers include allergens, irritants, and weather, whereas internal triggers include food or stress.
About the author -- Hayat Srour is a recent graduate of the M.S. in Biomedical Sciences at Larkin University College of Biomedical Sciences. Hayat is also a Research Assistant and Lab Manager in the RIPL_Effect Research Team under the mentorship of principal investigator, Dr. Félix E. Rivera-Mariani. Also, Hayat recently published as first and co-author in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in the following publications listed:
- As first author:
- As co-author:
- Evaluating differences in prevalence of food allergies between two geographic regions: Australia and US.
- Relationship of serological reactivity to cytoplasmic extracts from spores of Ganoderma applanatum and commercial extracts of indoor, mitosporic fungi, and farm animal allergens among Puerto Rican subjects.
- Comparison between PM2.5 levels on east coast and state of California in relationship to asthma.
- “Gender differences in dendritic cell population in nasal and oral cavity between allergic and non-allergic subjects.”